About Occasional Cinema

Occasional Cinema is a film society run by volunteers. Films are usually shown from September to March, with occasional special events. Since the pandemic all meals and seats must be booked in advance. Children cannot become members themselves, but may attend suitable films if accompanied by an adult.

Films are shown at the Mill Bistro, Seiont, Caernarfon on the second Wednesday of the month and from February 2022 at Bwyd Da, Bangor on the fourth Thursday and unless stated otherwise start sometime after 7.30pm.

Membership is available on the door on film nights for a cost of £5 per lifetime: the first film is free, after this film entrance is £3.00. Any surplus made is put back into the society for the purpose of showing films and providing for the arts locally. Members are welcome to play an active part in the running of the society – please email or contact whoever is projectionist for the evening.

Dining is an integral part of the Occasional Cinema experience and a sophisticated clientele enjoy the wholesome food, reasonable price (about £12.00 for two courses) and excellent atmosphere.  Reservations for a meal are nowadays essential, no drop-ins unfortunately – Mill Bistro email to sophiawilliams@btinternet.com or phone 01286 685500, Bwyd Da by email to g.hughes78@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01248 565156 or 07989 709193. You can’t book for the film only.

Details of films are available on the website www.occasionalcinema.org and we send out regular electronic mailings – please click here to enter your email address in our mailing list .

Until 2005 the usual venue for screenings was Electric Mountain, Llanberis. From September 2006 until the end of 2017 screenings were at Y Caban, Brynrefail (between Llanberis and Llanrug). From October 2008 films were also being shown in Bangor at the Blue Sky Cafe and from January 2018 the Mill Bistro at Seiont near Caernarfon took the place of the Caban, From February 2022 the Bwyd Da took over from Blue Sly in Bangor.

Thanks to all those who continue to support the Occasional Cinema.

A few links:

The Mill Bistro Seiont near Caernarfon
CellB in the old Police station Blaenau Ffestiniog
The Rialto Film Club at Colwyn Bay Theatre
The Real Institute at Betws-y-Coed
The British Federation of Film Societies BFFS
The British Film Institute BFI Southbank London

www.occasionalcinema.org

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I join OC?

Membership is available on the door on film nights for a cost of £5 per lifetime: the first film is free, after this film entrance is £3.00. Any surplus made is put back into the society for the purpose of showing films and providing for the arts locally. Members are welcomed to play an active part in the running of the society.

Can you let me know what films are showing

The website is regularly update and we send out regular electronic mailings – please click here and enter your email address.

Can I help?

We would welcome any film suggestions or offers of help. Please email us at info@occasionalcinema.org.